Richmond is taking a one-week hiatus from the North Central Conference football race.
But the Red Devils aren’t on any break.
They’re preparing for Friday’s homecoming clash with New Castle, an opportunity for the Devils to continue the momentum they’ve built over the past few weeks.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Lyboult Field — the same field where Richmond has yet taste defeat in three chances this fall season.
“It’s a big week,” said RHS coach Matt Holeva, whose team is a winner of four straight, is 5-1 overall and 3-0 when playing at home.
“We’ve had two great wins back-to-back. We have to make sure there is no hangover from that, and that we come ready to play. … We’re striving to prepare the same, regardless of who, what, when and where. We’re pushing through. There is a lot going on, but I’m sure we’ll come ready to play.”
New Castle is 0-6. The Trojans have left the NCC to join the Hoosier Heritage Conference, making this year’s contest a non-conference affair.
Spencer Sargent scored New Castle’s lone touchdown in last week’s 49-7 loss to Anderson. The Trojans are led by first-year coach Will Ragle.
“New Castle has decent size and they have some good players. The kids play hard,” Holeva said. “I think at this point in the season, with the new coach and the new coaching staff, they haven’t been able to put things together yet.”
Richmond put together another NCC win last week — the 12th straight for the Red Devils, who sit alone atop the conference at 4-0.
RHS fought its way out of a 13-0 hole to win 37-20 at Kokomo. The Red Devils scored 30 of their points in the second quarter.
“It’s going to be great on our turf. We like playing on turf,” said RHS receiver Brendan Hegg, who scored a touchdown in last week’s win. “It’s going to be homecoming, so it should be nice.”
Richmond quarterback Jordan Christian threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns in the win, while Matt Morrow caught two scores and finished with 143 yards receiving.
Auntonio Brown also caught a TD pass, Justin Holland had a 79-yard run for a score and Bryson Yates tackled a Kokomo ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.
“I think we’re playing well. There are still some things we could do better,” Holeva said. “We still have to go out and be focused and play to the best of our ability.”
Richmond’s abilities have earned them another week in the Class 5A state poll. The Red Devils are 13th in the Associated Press poll and 15th in the IFCA coaches’ poll.
“We’re challenging the guys, that all the hard work you’ve put in, we’re starting to get some recognition,” Holeva said. “We can’t take any steps backward. We have to continue to get better. Rankings are what they are. You take them for whatever they are worth, but we are trying to build a program, trying to get kids to believe week in and week out that there is a certain way of doing things. I think that added recognition helps lend some credence to how we’re doing things.”